PSIO12002 - Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will develop knowledge and clinical skills relating to the comprehensive management of adult and paediatric patients with acute and chronic cardiac and respiratory conditions (e.g. ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, COPD, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and pneumonia). You will apply the principles of evidence-based approaches to cardiorespiratory physiotherapy management of patients in the context of biological, social and psychological factors. You will relate the role of the cardiorespiratory physiotherapist working in a diverse range of hospital and community care facilities to that of the inter-professional team, family members and carers of patients.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in this unit you must be enrolled in the CB85 Course and meet the following pre-requisites:

  • PSIO11003 - Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 2
  • BMSC11007 - Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • BMSC11008 - Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • BMSC12006 -  Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement

Additionally you must be enrolled in or have already completed the following co-requisite:

  • MPAT12001 - Medical Pathophysiology

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 15%
2. In-class Test(s) 35%
3. On-campus Activity 0%
4. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 92.31% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 31.71% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Topics in cardiorespiratory are complex and lecture slides were very comprehensive and well structured, however it would be helpful if some information could be cut down.
It is recommended that the teaching team review the content of all lecture slides to ensure the most relevant content is included.
Action Taken
Content of all lectures, Clinical Skills Workbook and the unit Moodle site were reviewed, and adaptations made to ensure that only the most relevant content was included.
Source: Have Your Say
More time is needed to be spent on the interpretation of Spirometry.
It is recommended that the clinical practical skills session on Spirometry is restructured to included more cases to help students interpret Spirometry.
Action Taken
Spirometry sessions were adapted, such that students were provided with more time and resources to practice the interpretation of test results.
Source: Have Your Say
The structure of the unit is fantastic and the layout of lectures as well. The condensing of information and tutorial support to focus on key information is also extremely well done!
It is recommended that the structure of the unit is maintained and that the open door policy for individual and small group tutorials is maintained.
Action Taken
The structure of the unit was maintained, and an open door policy was maintained for individual and small group tutorials.
Source: SUTE
The additional weekly drop-in tutorials on a Friday really helped to embed knowledge of complex topics.
It is recommended that weekly drop-in tutorials are scheduled on both campuses at a time suitable to the local teaching team.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
The Assessment Survival Guide was a fantastic resource, and really helped guide on key content to study for assessments.
It is recommended that the Assessment Survival Guide is adapted and provided as a resource for students on the unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE/Email
The video resources are excellent, but a few more related to airway clearance techniques would be useful.
It is recommended that the teaching team create additional video resources related to airway clearance therapy.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the pathological processes, the symptomatology, clinical course, medical and pharmacological management and prognosis in patients with cardiorespiratory conditions
  2. Develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based assessment and treatment for patients with cardiorespiratory conditions, through acute to chronic conditions
  3. Explain how biological, social, and psychological factors inform a physiotherapy intervention plan for patients with cardiorespiratory conditions
  4. Relate the role of physiotherapy to the management of cardiorespiratory conditions and pathologies using both an inter-professional and patient-centred approach
  5. Demonstrate acceptable professional and ethical behaviours consistent with a physiotherapy practitioner.

The Learning Outcomes and Assessment tasks have been mapped against and aligned with the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - On-campus Activity
4 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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